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Detention Inquiry
JRS-UK provides a submission to the the Parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK, hosted by the APPG on Refugees and the APPG on Migration

A cross-party panel of Members of Parliament and Peers have met over the summer to hear from asylum seekers detained in UK Immigration Removal Centres, specialist medical agencies providing care to detainees, organisations like JRS who provide pastoral care and human rights advocates. Commenting on the launch of the inquiry, panel chair Sarah Teather said: “In the light of several high profile incidents within detention centres, including sexual abuse and deaths, there is a clear need for parliamentary scrutiny of how and why we detain people for immigration purposes.” 

JRS-UK's submission (not yet available for publication) provided a range of recommendations about alternatives to detention, as well as suggestions for the physical and mental health of detainees to be better provided for. For more information contact Louise Zanre, JRS-UK Director, on 020 7488 7310.

JRS at your parish in 2014?

Would you enjoy hosting the "Come and see" photography exhibition at your parish or venue?
We would be interested to talk about opportunities for the autumn and can also provide a speaker who can share stories and reflections about the photos and JRS's work of accompaniment for asylum seekers, as well as help you engage with current issues and debate around immigration and refugee issues. Contact the office to discuss your needs and ideas further.

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Current Focus

Inquiry on Detention within the UK Launched
All Party Parliamentary Group is calling for evidence
The APPG on Refugees and APPG on Migration are conducting a parliamentary inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK. The inquiry, which I will be chairing, will examine the use of detention in the UK immigration and asylum systems, with a particular focus on the conditions within detention centres, the impact on individual detainees and their families, the wider financial and social consequences, how detention is used in other countries, and the future role of detention within the immigration system. Following the receipt of evidence between July and October 2014, and a series of oral evidence sessions, the inquiry aims to publish a report in early 2015. For more information, please visit

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